About Us

Khari RoulhacKhari Roulhac, Boston native and President of GetPsychedSports.org, is a school administrator and currently Dean of Students at Newton North High School, with over twenty years experience in athletics and education. He is also co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Social Emotional Learning Alliance of Massachusetts (SEL4MA). In addition, Khari served on a 25-person Remodeling Athletics Committee at the Boston Public Schools that changed the mission and vision of athletics to include the purposeful teaching of social emotional learning.

Prior to his work as Dean, he spent twenty years in athletic administration at Cathedral High School (Athletic Director), MassBay Community College (Associate Athletic Director) and Bunker Hill Community College (Athletic Director).

In those capacities, Khari has been steadfast in maintaining a standard of academic excellence by putting academics first and initiating programs like Young Men of Color (YMOC) for at risk students, an Academic Success Program to support athletes’ academic performance, and the Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), which provides a vehicle for students to voice their experiences.

Students identify his office as a safe space to reflect, problem solve and receive support in academics and social development with special attention to the issues of people of color. Khari has been intentional about establishing environments of teamwork and support for students. Creating a culture of goal setting, effort, and accountability has become his signature.

Mitch LyonsMitch Lyons, a retired lawyer, is the founder of GetPsychedSports.org in 2002 and the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts in 2011.  He is now retired in Newton, Massachusetts with Joanne, his wife of fifty years.

Beginning in 1988, Mitch has coached in all types of sports leagues available to children: town recreational leagues (8 years); travel teams (8 years); AAU basketball (9 years); girls and boys high school basketball (8 years); Division III college basketball (3 years).

In 2016, Mitch began work with Boston Public Schools to remodel athletics in keeping with the importance the BPS administration attached to the teaching of social-emotional learning skills through sport.

Mitch played full-court basketball until he was 65 years old, often three times a week.  It’s mentioned here because competition and playing in the post has been a constant joy for him.  Both his daughter and son were captains and point guards for their high school teams.

Khari and Mitch are currently co-writing a book titled
“Dropping the Ball in High School Athletics:
Why a Written Social Emotional Learning Curriculum on Sports Teams Changes Everything.”